A List Maker's Life: August 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The M.I.N.I.O.N. Manual for Building a Super Hero Family

If you've paid any attention to pop culture in the last 4 years you know Minions as denim overall-ed, gibberish speaking, dance loving, mayhem making, Pinterest project inspiring, banana eating, yellow critters.

If you have actually enjoyed watching the Despicable Me movies you know these same endearing and energetic Minions play a significant role in helping Gru and his three adorable orphan girls become a Super Hero family.

The Minion {Mini} Manual for Building a Super Hero Family

Mix in a Moment of Magic
Something as simple and silly as a jump in the lake with your clothes, or a dance party at bedtime, might be the magic to keeping a family moment alive in your child's memory for years to come.

Involve Everyone
Make plans and start conversations where family members of all ages and abilities feel included.

Notice Preferences
Figure out family favorites and find ways to incorporate each person's wishes and desires when possible.

 Intentional or Impromptu
Some of the best family memories emerge from last minute "let's go!" moments, yet intentional tradition building fosters a live long love for "home."

Overcome Obstacles Together
Encourage one another as you weather a storm, make something creative, solve a problem, or conquer a fear.

Nibble Now & Then
Many family traditions include a special restaurant, salad, or dessert.  Enjoy!  Intentionally eat as many meals together each week as possible.

Serve & Share
Seek out meaningful ways to serve a mission or another family significant to yours.  Share time, a hug, a meal, a smile, or even a...

                                                      {M.I.N.I.O.N. Check.}

You're well on your way to building strong traditions, making a minion million family memories, and becoming a Super Hero Family!
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P.S. Our family is counting down the days until we join Mom It Forward, at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for #FamilyForward '14!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Label {or Lose} It

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Popsicles, wild flowers, neighborhood friends, tree forts, and learning to ride a two-wheeler.  We are happy to enjoy every fleeting minute of freedom before settling into the school year (although, occasionally reminded to check the ads for necessary classroom supply bargains to tuck away in backpacks).  Last night my neighbor joked we might need two large plastic bins in the side yard to dump toys, hoodies, shoes, lunch dishes and a million other treasures into to trade back all that has been left in the wrong homes during summer play.  Evidently, I have four loves who could use a little help keeping track of their own things when they are too busy having fun! Had I discovered kidecals earlier this season, Gibson might actually still have 2 flip flops that match in his basket full of summer shoes.

When we do switch gears, and head back to the classroom, we need a system for making sure we get through the winter with a complete pair of gloves and boots.  In addition to a mini lecture on responsibility, we are giving our sweet Kinder a little advantage to keeping track of his own things.  Gibson will know which water bottle, pencil box, book, and rain suit are his at all times because they are going to be labeled with durable, washable, and waterproof labels (which just happen to be designed with our favorite team's colors in mind - Go Hope!).

Based on my own highly scientific, firsthand, research I know classroom teachers will return appropriately labeled items to their rightful owners 100% of the time.  Unlabeled items end up in lost and found - and eventually donated  - about 99% of the time.  Staggering statistics, right?! ;)

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